Test-retest reliability of retrospective self-reports in three populations of alcohol abusers

Stephen A. Maisto, Mark B. Sobell, A. Mitch Cooper, Linda C. Sobell

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The reliability of alcohol abusers' retrospective self-reports was evaluated using a time-line follow-back interview technique. Independent groups of male subjects were interviewed in three different treatment settings (outpatient, n=12; inpatient, n=12; residential, n=12) on two separate occasions to assess the test-retest reliability of their self-reports of daily drinking and related events occurring 1 year prior to treatment. Correlational and scatterplot analyses generally showed a high correlation and low discrepancy between the two sets of interview responses for all groups. However, since some population differences were found in the reliability of reports for some variables, further research is needed to delineate the conditions under which reliable and valid retrospective self-reports can be obtained from different populations of alcohol abusers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-326
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Behavioral Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol abusers
  • multiple populations
  • reliability
  • self-reports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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